Friday, 05 August 2011
The other day, my 3 year old daughter sat on the floor, stuck out her bottom lip and said, "I want to go to school!". Yeah, she must get that from her dad!
Anyway, I mentioned what she said, to my husband, who asked if there were any homeschooling preschool programs, how much it would cost and how soon we could get the material.
Now, I know that SOME kids are age 3 in preschool, but I just NEVER imagined having my THREE YEAR OLD in preschool. And I've been on the fence with homeschooling, period.
Growing up, I always wanted to be home-schooled. I just wasn't a social person and would much rather have been home, by myself. My daughter, however, is a very social girl (she must get that from her dad, too). I feel she would rather go to school and be in a class of other kids. I did ask her, knowing full well that she's only 3 and, so, I took it with a grain of salt. I simply asked her if she wanted to stay home and do school, or if she wanted to go to another building, with a teacher and other kids. She said, "home school".
I have this crazy idea. I'm thinking of trying a preschool homeschooling program. That way, I can see if I can hack it. I pretty much know high school will be dang near impossible but, thankfully, there are other options for that and we also have MANY years to think about it. I think I can hack elementary stuff.
In fact, just tonight, we were going through one of these workbooks she got in the mail, with all these alphabet and number books. I was telling her the difference between lowercase and uppercase and when I asked her to point to the lowercase, she was able to do it. So, I thought, SUCCESS! Maybe I can do this!
That said, if I did homeschool my daughter, I'd have to make sure she was involved in some group activity. Me, I wouldn't have cared. But, then, I'm not socially with it. She is. So, I'd have to get her involved in something. Sports, clubs, something! I have no idea what though (though, to be honest, I don't feel like I'm the soccer mom type. Ugh).
So, I don't know. I never really wanted to put my kids in preschool. I mean, I went to preschool so it's not an awful Idea, and I'm not knocking it. I just wanted my kids to stay kids as long as possible, before going off to school. I didn't see preschool as vital. But, it may be a good way to test my homeschooling ability. Will I be patient enough? Who knows.
But, for any parent out there who DOES homeschool, or who has at one point, did you do some kind of preschool program? If so, what did you do? If not, how has your experience been with homeschooling?
Are your kids involved in any activities like sports, clubs or whatever? Just curious how other people do things, and I'd love to hear it all and get as much advice as possible. Even though, I'm not doing anything until she's 4. I think 3 is too young. Or is it? What is your opinion on that?